For the second week in a row poor inaccuracy at goal has come back to haunt Finley, going down to Congupna by 10 points in round 10 of the Murray League in Congupna on Saturday.
While straightening up from last week (8.19), the Cats had the same amount of scoring shots as The Road but found themselves behind at the final siren.
After trailing by just eight points at quarter time, Finley were fired up in the second.
But they just couldn’t translate their good play into scoreboard pressure, kicking 3.7 to the home side’s 4.1 to still be behind by the same margin at the main break.
Congupna settled in the remaining two quarters, with an even battle leading to the Cats falling short again.
Daniel Schaper and Joel Costa (three goals each) did the damage up forward for The Road, while Duncan Clarke and Cam Robertson (three each) helped increase the Cats’ scoring output.
Jordan Daniel made a surprise one-off appearance to be named Finley’s best, with Shaun Kable, Lachy Small and Luke Moore having fantastic games with the help of ruckman Lachlan Hawkins.
Final score, Congupna 16.13 (109) to Finley 14.15 (99).
Finley coach Rob Daniel conceded that The Road were just ‘‘that little bit cleaner’’ on Saturday.
‘‘There were a few skill errors late in the game that cost us,’’ he said.
‘‘We missed targets and turned the ball over at crucial stages of the match.
‘‘But we are showing that we’re getting better every week so we can’t wait to come up against sides we have already faced.
‘‘There were no passengers on Saturday with everyone working hard.
‘‘But unfortunately with Tim Meulendyks (ankle) and Callum Robertson (concussion) going down early in the game we were in for an uphill battle.’’
In a surprise selection, Daniel’s son Jordan played his first game of footy since April, after injuring his knee playing for Yarrawonga in the Ovens & Murray League.
The Finley coach was quite impressed by Jordan’s performance on the weekend.
‘‘We were lucky enough to get a weekend clearance because Yarrawonga were coming up against Corowa, who don’t have a reserves side,’’ he said.
‘‘It was Jordan’s first game in about 10 weeks and he played really well, but he’ll return to his Pigeons duties this week.
‘‘Duncan Clarke continues to impress me too. He played a full game with the thirds and backed that up by kicking three goals in the seniors.
‘‘Cam Robertson was outstanding as usual, young Luke Moore was again one of our best in the middle and Lachlan Hawkins was fantastic in the ruck again.
‘‘There are plenty of positive signs coming from the side and we are starting to jell together well.’’